Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP)
What is Platelet-Rich Plasma?
Platelet Rich Plasma, or PRP is blood plasma with concentrated platelets. The concentrated
platelets found in PRP contain huge reservoirs of bioactive proteins, including
growth factors that are vital to initiate and accelerate tissue repair and regeneration.
These bioactive proteins initiate connective tissue healing: bone, tendon and ligament
regeneration and repair, promote development of new blood vessels, and stimulate the wound healing process.
How does PRP Therapy work?
To prepare PRP, blood is taken from the patient and through a separating process,
the components within the blood are isolated to produce the PRP. The entire process
takes about 15-20 minutes. When PRP is injected into the damaged area it stimulates
the tendon or ligament as well as causing mild inflammation that triggers the healing cascade.
What are the potential benefits?
Patients can see a significant improvement in symptoms. Healing times may decrease
up to 50%. This may eliminate the need for more aggressive treatments such as longterm
medication or surgery, as well as a remarkable return of function.
What can be treated?
PRP injections can be performed in muscles, tendons and ligaments all over the body.
Some examples include: resistant fractures, muscle strains, ligament sprains, articular
cartilage injury, acute tendon rupture, and chronic tendinopathy.
How many treatments are necessary and how often is this therapy administered?
While responses to treatment vary, most people will require a series of 1 to 3 injections.
Each injection may be spaced several weeks apart. There is no limit to the number
of treatments you can have: the risks and side effects do not change with the number of injections.
Is PRP right for me?
If you have a tendon or ligament injury and traditional methods have not provided
relief, then PRP therapy may be the solution. The procedure is less aggressive and
less expensive than surgery. It will heal tissue with minimal or no scarring, and
alleviates further degeneration of the tissues. There will be an initial evaluation
with your doctor to see if PRP therapy is right for you.
Will my insurance pay for this treatment?
Unfortunately, at this time most insurance companies consider this to be an investigational
procedure and do not consider this to be a reimbursable expense. Although you will
not receive recompense from your insurance company, we will submit a claim so that
the data pertaining to the use of this treatment can be captured by the insurer
and hopefully in the future will become a covered expense.
Dr. Vernon Williams and Dr. Steve Yoon are currently accepting patients for this procedure. For more information, please see his page.